The New York Mets keep making headlines for the wrong reasons. During Sundayâ€™s victory against the Philadelphia Phillies, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, and Kevin Pillar used a thumbs down celebration every time they made a good play.
Most people thought, at first, that it was a joke, like the 2017 Yankees. But after the game, Baez talked to the media and made a baffling revelation: â€œ[Itâ€™s] to let [fans] know when we donâ€™t have success we are going to get booed, so they are going to get booed when we have success.â€
Javy Báez rips a leadoff single to start off the 2nd
(it also appears there's a new dugout celebration, the ?) pic.twitter.com/uycecfFHHr
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 6, 2021
Even if itâ€™s understandable that players are frustrated by the lack of results and by hearing constant boos from their own fans, itâ€™s certainly surprising that they decided to start a silent war with Metsâ€™ fans. Itâ€™s not an ideal situation, especially for Lindor, who will be in New York for at least 10 more years unless he is traded.
The Mets are 8-19 in August and relinquished the first place of the NL East division, one that they held for months, a few weeks ago. They are currently in a very delicate situation, and making the playoffs is a pipe dream at this point.
The Mets released a controversial statement
Metsâ€™ president Sandy Alderson released a statement on Sunday night condemning the thumbs down sign.
Here is his message:
â€œIn a post-game press conference today, Javy Baez stated that his â€œthumbs downâ€ gesture during the game was a message to fans who recently have booed him and other players for poor performance. These comments, and any gestures by him or other players with a similar intent, are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
â€œMets fans are understandably frustrated over the teamâ€™s recent performance. The players and the organization are equally frustrated, but fans at Citi Field have every right to express their own disappointment. Booing is every fanâ€™s right.
â€œThe Mets will not tolerate any player gesture that is unprofessional in its meaning or is directed in a negative way toward our fans. I will be meeting with our players and staff to convey this message directly.
â€œMets fans are loyal, passionate, knowledgeable and more than willing to express themselves. We love them for every one of these qualities.â€
Tensions are boiling in New York.